Updates on current issues with the NALC Legal Team

Updates on current issues with the NALC Legal Team

Local councils can only do things for which they have a specific power but the range of powers and the courts’ interpretation of them is in constant flux.   In addition new duties are created at what can seem a frantic rate.   This training session will help you to understand and cope with recent changes and those in the pipeline.

If you are coming to this event please note that parking may be limited; please car share if possible.

Event date Sat 2 Mar 2019 10:00 am
Event Ends Sat 2 Mar 2019 1:00 pm
Registered 61
Registration closes Mon 25 Feb 2019 8:00 am
Notes £30 to member councils
Speaker Gary Barker
Location Dorothea Mitchell Hall (Claverdon)

9.30 am


and refreshments

10.00 am - 1:00 pm

We will cover

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – How is it working?; What processes do you need and what happens if something goes wrong.
  • Ledbury decision – What does it mean in practice and what is NALC doing about it?
  • Churches – What can you do or pay for and what can’t you?
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – How does it operate? – Can the district council keep all the money? What can you spend money on?
  • Website accessibility – What does this mean? – What do you have to do and by when?
  • Drones – Can you control the use of drones on parish council land? – What do you do if a drone is used maliciously?
  • Election 2019 – When do the new councillors take office? – When do you have to hold the Annual Parish Meeting?
  • Councillor resignation – Can a councillor resign at a future date rather than immediately?
  • Removing a chairman – Can a parish council chairman be removed if the council has lost confidence in him or her?
  • Public Broadcasting Rights – What has this to do with a parish council?
  • Negligence – Recent case law on liability for injuries caused by falling trees.
  • Differential charging – Can you charge residents less than non-residents for services?
  • Brexit – Legal changes coming from Brexit (but no discussion about Brexit!) Other relevant developments right up to the day!


1.5 CPD Points


£30.00 per delegate for Member Councils

£60.00 per delegate for non-member councils these fees are low compared with other county associations and training providers

Help with Delegate’s Fees

WALC will subsidise member councils

  • Members with a budgeted income up to £15,000 will get half price for all delegates
  • Members with a budgeted income between £15,001 & £30,000 can send two for the price of one
  • Members with a budgeted income between £30,001 & £50,000 can send three for the price of two
  • Members with a budgeted income over £50,000 can send five for the price of four



Any delegate cancellations

must be received in writing 7 days before the event for a full refund of the fee. Substitute delegate(s) may be named at any time up to the event.

Terms of registration

Please read

The full terms and conditions of registration

Dorothea Mitchell Hall


please note that this is a busy event and parking may be limited; please car share if possible.

You may need to double park where necessary.


Gary Barker

Solicitor - National Association of Local Councils

Gary qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and spent many years practising in two High Street firms. He has been advising part time at NALC since 2009 with a couple of gaps. He now combines NALC work with providing Continuous Professional Development training for qualified lawyers and tutoring on the Open University Law Degree. Gary was for eight years a parish councillor in his village, including four years as vice chairman.

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